The utility of this technology to ensure a more efficient management of company products is indisputable. It is surely advantageous to speed up commercial operations for both distributors and consumers and to ensure traceability and trackability of products. This is true especially in some particularly delicate sectors such as fashion, in which there is a strong need to ensure that the products come from certain geographic area or specific producers, or comply with certain standards in production and quality processes.
MaeFashion - RFID in fashion
Engaging RFId technology in processes
of supply of materials, production,
central storage, distribution and retail,
MaeFashion allows end-toend control
of the whole fashion chain allowing
higher earnings and lower costs
Main RFID advantages
Automatic and massive traceability of garments The load and the
warehouse exhaust, automated with RFId technology,
allow a drastic reduction in time and total control
of the quantities and type of goods in transit.
On-demand Product Storage Definition of thresholds
minima of products in central warehouse or shop. When
these drop down trigger the production processes or the
distribution. This allows efficient storage of garments
reducing the lack of sales or over-storage phenomena
More inventories Drastic reduction of time
necessary to complete a central and peripheral inventory.
General stages of application
The tag is applied to the control voucher (removable by the client after purchase)
Sending of RFID tags to manufacturing contractors:
The company sends the pre-printed tags together with the order to its contractor. In some cases the contractor can print the labels for its orders "in house".
The contractor: applies the tag to the article, separates the articles by model, size, colour and ships them to the company.
Loading articles arriving from contractor into stock: the goods received can be detected, and then loaded into stock en masse simply by reading the identification code of tag in return.
Picking: we offer three ways to carry out this operation
Using a handheld reader, the worker reads the tag and loads the article into basket, updating the status of the order
The worker uses an intelligent trolley with integrated , personal computer, RFID reader, etc.
Passing through a gate (with reader) for automatic picking and massive association of the articles in transit to the corresponding order
Packing: in this phase, we can carry out a further check of that the correct merchandise is being packed by passing the articles through an RFID gate. An identifying tag can be affixed to the box, useful in the process of generating the shipping note.
Shipping: the articles have already been checked in the picking and packing stages, but if desired we can implement an additional check over the contents of the in the shipment by passing it through an RFID gate.
Control of stock in the warehouse (also possible in distribution centres and shops): using a palm device the worker can read the tags to identify the article. It's possible to inventory merchandise in warehouses and shops very quickly and automatically manage the cashier desk. Of course the system can also be used for anti-theft and for exchanges of articles among different sales locations.
The use of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology, i.e. "smart tags", has stirred much debate in the literature, including by virtue of its rapid expansion in the various economic sectors, both the production and the retail.
The increasing use of RFID labels raises the issue of reconciling the use of this technology with the observance of laws protecting personal data.
The Garantor has stated that in cases in which RFID is used exclusively to trace products, for greater efficiency in industrial production processes, particularly within a production or distrution chain, and in which the information contained in the RFID tag contains personal data solely of producers or distributors, this type of data processing does not pose a problem with compliance to legislation on the protection of personal data, let alone in terms of dignity and integrity of the people concerned.
In light of these considerations, it can basically be argued that the project carried out by Maestrale Information Technology s.r.l. falls into the category of cases cited by the Garantor, and which do not pose particular problems relative the laws on protection of personal data. The presence of this identification system must therefore be disclosed instead of concealed, and made easily removable by the customer.